Gameday: Warriors at Jazz - 11/18/13


The Warriors rallied to their fourth straight win with a 98-87 victory on Monday night in Utah. After a slow start to the game, the Warriors dominated the second quarter and held on to their second win over the Jazz in three days. Stephen Curry led the team with 22 points and eight assists and Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson each had 17 points. Golden State won the battle of the boards 57-40 and held Utah to 39.5 percent shooting from the field, thanks in large part to Andrew Bogut, who had eight points, 13 rebounds and four blocks. David Lee added a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds) for the Warriors, who will return home on Wednesday to host the Grizzlies on Stephen Curry Bobblehead Night, presented by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game
“I thought we executed offensively and again, we did the job defensively. Good win for us. You hope that the defense becomes the norm, which it has been for a couple years now. We take pride in it. Guys drill it. They’re awfully good. We pay attention to detail and we give energy and effort. Great results follow. Offense will go up
and down, but defensively we have an expectancy level, and, again, tonight we met it.”
On his reaction to Curry's injury in the fourth quarter:
“Just trying to make sure he was alright. Took a hard spill the way Marvin Williams landed on him. Fortunately,
he got a little headache right now, but it could be a lot worse. Glad we were comfortably in the lead. You put
yourself in position, because anything could happen, and when it did, we were in control of the game.”
Andrew Bogut
On the team's play this season:
“It’s been a great start. One of our best starts in the last decade or so. I like what we are doing. We are starting
to get an identity, especially defensively. We are known as an offensive team, but I think our defense kept
another team under 40-percent field goal percentage. We won the rebound battle by 17 against a very good
offensive rebounding team. I like our effort, I think we are doing well.”
On having fun this season:
“We are a very young group. It’s a very loose group, a lot of joking around…It’s very enjoyable. I’m kind of the old
dog now believe it or not at 29. It’s been a great start to the season.”
On the team's defense:
“I love our defense, that’s why I signed an extension. I think our team defense has been very, very good. Credit
to our assistant coaches and to our coaches and credit to our players. We came in in September and were
already working on our team defense together. I think it shows out there. When we can keep teams under 40
percent and keep our turnovers down there aren’t many teams that can play with us.”
Stephen Curry
On how he is feeling:
“I’ve got a pretty nasty headache. I hit the ground pretty hard, but I’ll be all right.”
“I went to reach for the ball, I made a move and kind of lost it a bit and I went to reach for it. Next thing I know I
hit the ground pretty hard. I think Marvin (Williams) landed on me trying to reach for it to. Thankfully the guys
sealed the deal when I left.”
On the team’s performance:
“We are playing well. We are sharing the basketball. Guys are taking open shots and it’s easy to keep that
shooting percentage up when you are taking open ones and the ball is moving. More importantly our defense is
solid. We had a little trouble in the third quarter continuing that effort. To be able to come back and push
another run up and continue to play the defense we have accustomed to is a good thing for us.”
Klay Thompson
On his play:
“I feel like I’m playing well so far, but I’ve got to give credit to my teammates. When I’ve got great scorers out
there it makes my job that much easier. I feel great out there. It’s my third year so things have slowed down a
lot more.”

After a 102-88 victory at Oracle Arena on Saturday, the Warriors head to Utah for the second of two consecutive games against the Jazz. This will be the second of four matchups between the two teams this season. Golden State split the two games in Utah last season, and will look to even their road record with a quality win in one of the more hostile environments in the league.
The Warriors led from start to finish in tonight’s 102-88 win over the visiting Utah Jazz. Klay Thompson racked up 25 points while fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry scored 15 with 11 assists. The Warriors controlled the glass 42-32, led by Andrew Bogut’s 11 rebounds. Andre Iguodala scored 16 while David Lee added in 13 points of his own. With the win the Warriors improve to 7-3 and remain undefeated at home. GAME
The Warriors’ proficiency from long distance has been well documented, particularly as it relates to the Splash Brothers duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Golden State’s starting backcourt ranks first and second in the league in three-pointers made, with 35 and 28, respectively. However, the addition of Andre Iguodala has taken that proficiency to new heights, as his 20 three-pointers made at a 51.3 percent clip have him well toward career-best totals in both categories. Iguodala is renowned for his ability to affect so many aspects of the game, but his early-season success from three has come as a surprise to many. If he can continue along at this rate, or at least something close, it will make the Dubs’ offense even more difficult to defend than it already is.
It’s easy to forget that much of the Warriors’ success last season took place without the help of Andrew Bogut, who was sidelined due to injury. That is, until you see him now, fully healthy and displaying the skills that had Golden State so excited when they acquired him. His defense continues to be his calling card, as he ranks near the top of the league in many paint-protecting categories. However, he’s also reminding everyone that he’s got some offensive firepower as well, and his first double-double of the season on Saturday should come as a pleasant sign to Warriors fans that he only continues to improve. A fully healthy Bogut has taken this team to new heights, and he will continue to play a vital role for Golden State, particularly if Jermaine O’Neal is sidelined for any extended period of time due to injury. DUB THE VOTE
Stephen Curry is a superstar. David Lee is an All-Star. Andre Iguodala is Mr. Clutch. On a team filled with headline-grabbing names, it’s easy to overlook some members of the squad who haven’t yet solidified their league-wide reputations. Well, Klay Thompson is doing his best to keep that from happening. We’re all well aware of his supreme accuracy from long distance, but this season he’s taken his game to a new level, and it’s showing in the stat sheet. His 25 points on Saturday marked the fifth time this season he’s scored at least 20, and among all the players in the league averaging 20 points or more, he ranks second behind only LeBron James in true shooting percentage (.676). It appears Thompson is in the process of taking the next step in his development, and if he continues along this path, it will be impossible to overlook him. DUB THE VOTE
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) is out. Jermaine O'Neal (hip, knee) is questionable.

UTA: Andris Biedrins (left ankle sprain), Jeremy Evans (right roator cuff strain) and Trey Burke (right index finger surgery) are out.




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